Earlier this year, a beta code found in Google’s Messages app hinted at the upcoming emoji reaction support,media reported. Today, as part of Google’s efforts to enhance messages, it will roll out this feature in its messaging app. The search giant announced that users can now react to a message, whether it’s a photo, video or text.
Currently, there are seven animated expressions to choose from: like, love, laugh, surprise, sadness, anger, and disgust. Keep in mind that users must enable Messages chat to send emoji emoticons.
Google is also expanding Messages’ Smart Reply feature, which was launched last year when Android 10 was launched on pixel devices. Now, when the user turns on the Smart Reply suggestion, the feature displays the sticker as the user types. Currently, the recommended stickers only support the English version.
Another additional feature of Messages is a local media editor where users can write a text or draw a picture from their built-in camera. In addition, there is now a dedicated voice message send button, where the user can start recording by holding down the microphone button in the compose bar. Finally, Google now allows users to start a two-person video call with someone who chats by clicking the video call button in the upper right corner of the message.